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10 TV Characters Who Need a Spin-off Series

by Ryan McKee, posted Jun 13th 2010 5:00PM

This summer's return of 'True Blood', 'Entourage' , 'Rescue Me', 'Mad Men' and 'Weeds' has us excited, but worried. Some of these series are winding down and some kill off characters without warning. What will become of our favorite characters? We've recently lost so many and we still haven't gotten over some losses from the past.

If 'Family Guy' can spin off 'The Cleveland Show' and 'Battlestar Galactica' can birth 'Caprica,' then these 10 (or 11) characters deserve their own spin off series.


10. Colleen Gavin from 'Rescue Me'
Tommy Gavin and crew return to FX on June 29 for a sixth season. Reportedly, this will be the second to last season with the series finale expected coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11. After that, FX needs to give Tommy's wild child daughter Colleen her own show. She can continue to dabble in lesbianism, sleep around, experiment with drugs and attempt to find herself during her early twenties.

9. Wesley Snipes from '30 Rock'
A modern-day Mr. Bean who speaks, Snipes is the most-boring, unluckiest Englishman in New York City ... perhaps the world. His attempts to convince Liz Lemon "to settle" for him are repeatedly rejected, yet he keeps popping up. When asked if he'll be back next season, actor Michael Sheen said, "Wesley Snipes' day is never done." We want a whole series of him tenaciously trying and failing in every aspect of his awkward life.

8. Andy Botwin from 'Weeds'
The sixth season of 'Weeds' s premieres Aug. 16 and will likely be its last. We can accept letting the rest of the Botwin family go, they've had a longer run than expected, but not Andy. He needs to ditch the "family baggage" and start drifting once again in his own series. Each episode can be in a new place, with Andy meeting interesting new guest stars and ultimately screwing them over.

7. Joan Holloway from 'Mad Men'

Nine out of 10 'Mad Men' viewers agree, the only thing wrong with the show is not enough of Joan. Smart, saucy, and curvaciously sexy, she is like no other female on TV today ... or ever. In her own series, she could ditch her no good husband, leave New York and become a nightclub singer in London. There we can see the rise of rock 'n' roll, 'Swinging London' and the height of Beatlemania.

6. Turtle from 'Entourage'
The seventh season of 'Entourage' will begin June 27. Executive producer Mark Wahlberg already confirmed that after this season, there will only be six more episodes of the series left. That means it's time for Turtle to stop being a lackey in LA and move back to where he's king in Queens, New York. It's time for a series where actor Jerry Ferrara stops playing the lovable loser and wins some.

5. Omar Little from 'The Wire'
Arguably one of the best characters to ever grace the small screen, Little sadly died in the final season of 'The Wire.' However, we would love to see Omar Little's life before the events of HBO's hit drama. A brief prequel released before season 5 shows a young Omar with his trademark intelligence, morality and facial scar robbing a man. But how did he get the scar? How did he become a feared ghetto Robin Hood? When did he fall in love with shotguns?

4. GOB, 'Arrested Development'
While the promised 'Arrested Development' movie continues to limp along, there is no reason fans should continue to suffer without Will Arnett consistently on TV. The premise of GOB's own series is simple: he moves to Las Vegas to do his magic act on The Strip. Of course, he continually fails and starts dating a goodhearted prostitute. The thing practically writes itself.

3. Lafayette Reynolds from 'True Blood'
After the exciting beginning of 'True Blood's' third season, we don't want any of our favorite characters to leave. However, after reading the books that the series is based on, we have to accept that our favorite flamboyant cook Lafayette may not be with us forever. Listen, HBO, just turn him into a vampire and set a series around him in New Orleans.

2. Eric Northman from 'True Blood'
We'll admit there may already be too many vampire series on TV, especially if our 'Gay Vampire in New Orleans' gets picked up. However, there are no time period vampire series. The 1000-year old vampire sheriff, Eric Northman, would be interesting in any century.

1. Miles and Sawyer from 'Lost'
Listen, Lost-heads, we don't care if it fits the 'Lost' universe's story line or not, but we want Miles and Sawyer to star as cops in their own crime drama. Miles will talk to dead people while Sawyer uses his criminal mind for good. It will be a hit, full of snappy one-liners and sarcasm.

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Philippa

How about the 'Casey Show' as a spin-off from 'Chuck' [G]?

July 08 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tiffany

Actually we started a group on Facebook about demanding a sawyer and miles spin off! ;)

July 07 2010 at 3:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Louis

My nomination for his own spin-off movie is Neil Patrick Harris, Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. The Stinson character's weird kind of career and getting laid guru wisdom deserves more attention. I, for one, (although I would not admit it openly), could do with some advice on both.

July 02 2010 at 5:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kerry

The guy who writes the "Never seen Lost" blog already said he wants a Sawyer/Miles cop show. He calls it "Not without my Sawyer"

June 19 2010 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ErinN

I love Eric Northman and I would watch Alexander Skarsgard read the evening paper. *sighs* I like True Blood, but it is the 1,000 year old viking vampire that makes the show for me.

June 17 2010 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jrkinnard

Would love to see the cleaner from "Breaking Bad," Mike, get his own show. You could even have guest appearances by Bob Odenkirk as Saul.

June 16 2010 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

how can you forget to mention Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

June 14 2010 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kip

A minisode of would be classic or just an interstitial. Walter in an alternate universe, The Wire doing a prequel of Omar,etc. Turtle would be great in an alternate universe episode where he dreamed HE was famous. One offs like this are cool especially if they are early in the season's story arc.

June 14 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
philly_phenom

Sawyer & Miles both made it off the island alive, so a buddy cop spinoff could certainly be made to fit the continuity.

After all, there was no indication as to how long they lived before dying & showing up in the flash sideways universe....

I'd Definitely watch that.

June 14 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Coronaboy

A spin-off with Colleen Gavin would be great.

June 14 2010 at 8:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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